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Celebrate Black History Month with Hayward Public Library

February 9, 2021

Hayward Public Library Celebrates Black History Month

Hayward Public Library is celebrating Black History Month throughout February, and invites the Hayward community to join in as it recognizes and honors Black voices and experiences with an array of offerings for all ages across the HPL website and social media channels.

My Voice, My Experience: The Black Family Experience in Hayward invites Hayward teens ages 13 to 18 who identify as Black/African American to submit an artwork or writing piece that reflects their experiences. Prizes will be awarded for the categories of poetry, short essay, and 2-D visual art. Submissions will be displayed online and shared via social media during the final week of February. Click here for the rules and entry form.

Story times for kids will be available throughout the month at the HPL on Facebook.

Join the HPL Black History Month Reading Challenge via Beanstack. For all ages, the challenge is an opportunity to learn more about Black achievements, cultures and milestones. Not sure what to read? Check out HPL’s themed book lists for all ages.  Or check out an HPL Black History Month (BHM) book bundle, which will include five books and a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Bundles are offered for all ages.  Patrons may request BHM bundles through Feb. 28 by filling out a request form or calling (510) 881-7980.

And coming soon: Book to Action 2021, a community-wide reading of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson—with Book to Action spring program details to follow.  Watch a short video introduction of the book by the author here.